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The Last Queen on France

  • Posted on November 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Marie Antoinette

November 2, 1755-October 16, 1793

“Friendship Between Austria and France must be cemented by marriage”

I was brought up believing that my destiny was to become queen of France. I married the crown prince of France in 1770. Four years later became queen when King Louis XVI  was crowned (House of Bourbon).

I was a victim of incredibly bad timing; had born a half century earlier probably no one would have heard of . Born when and where I  was and considering the political climate of my era.

Ever since her grisly demise at the end of an executioner’s blade in 1793, her name has become synonymous with ostentatious luxury by the super rich and indifference to the hardships of the poor. Whether such criticism was deserved remains a source of some debate even to this day. In essence.

Becomes famous not only as a symbol of affluent indifference and the consequences thereof, but for being the first female monarch ever to be executed—a probably undeserved and certainly unsought fate if ever there was one. Certainly, She was a byproduct of  environment: born into nobility and opulence, She was no different than thousands of other women of the era born into such a high station in life. That would lose her head on the guillotine for it, however, seems not only a bit excessive but most likely undeserved. Obviously she and her husband, King Louis XVI, had simply become a target for all the inequities and injustices the royal system was known for, making us forever symbols of the people’s rejection of the old monarchial form of government that had been in place since antiquity.

 


Empowerment

  • Posted on February 15, 2012 at 11:35 am

“The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball — the further I am rolled the more I gain.”

– Susan B. Anthony

February 15, 1820 -March 13, 1906

In my twenties, I didn’t have very many opinions I was willing to share openly.

In my thirties I shared my opinions with my friends and associates.

In my forties I openly sought women to share our opinions and discuss the the challenges we were facing.

By the time I turned 50, I had been speaking professionally for ten years and imparted my hard earned wisdom to my audiences.

Now that I am in my 60’s it is difficult for me to hold my tongue. I have become so secure in the knowledge I have acquired, I want others to skip some of the laborious steps I had to maneuver through to finally find the peace and comfort in my life.

I speak all over the world to audiences that range from college students to seniors and from young mothers to seasoned entrepreneurs. There always seems to be a common theme: everyone is looking for answers on how to live their live with more purpose and less stress.

When I look back towards the famous icons who lead the way for the rest of us women to comfortably carve our own future.